Layers of emerald, sapphire and golden topaz rhinestones are combined with black metal flower petals in this 1950s brooch and earrings set by Hattie Carnegie. Some of the stones appear teal in color, depending on the light. This set is a fine example of her imaginative color combinations, favored floral motifs and complexity of design. What a knock-out! The settings are japanned metal. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings have clip-backs. The last photo shows how fantastic this brooch looks on a dress sash. Although the brooch has a ring to allow the piece to be worn as a pendant, the ring is not sturdy and cannot be replaced without damaging the back of the brooch.
This 1950s brooch and earrings set by Alice Caviness features amazing layers of citrine crystals, golden topaz beads, mother-of-pearl disks and textured brass leaves wired onto a decorative frame, which is mounted on another frame with the pin and roll-over safety clasp. The complexity of the design and construction seen here are often present in this maker's work, which I believe is underrated. This set is definitely not for the faint-hearted! I will include the matching bracelet, which has only three of its four strands of beads, but it is definitely wearable. I have a similar pair of earrings by the same maker – scroll down to see them.
This dainty 1920s Art Deco pendant with matching earrings features faceted, princess-cut amethyst glass stones mounted in a light-weight, chromium- or rhodium-plated setting with filigree accents. The necklace has a paper-clip chain with an old-fashioned filigree clasp. The earrings are all-original screw-backs, but they can be modified for pierced ears. Pick an Art Deco amethyst bracelet to complete the look – scroll down to see examples.
Two large and two small flowers with emerald glass stone and diamanté centers are tied with a bow in this Retro Modern brooch by Coro Craft, Coro's high-end line. The matching screw-back earrings repeat the large flowers. The metal is rose gold-washed sterling silver. A 1940s classic!
Named Jeweleaf, this 1950s set by Alfred Philippe features sapphire glass baguettes that outline diamanté-embellished maple leaves. The setting is rhodium-plated base metal. The brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings are clip-backs. An all diamanté version, described as "platinum-toned … paved with stones" and "one of two charming variations on a Spring theme", was advertised in the February 1, 1952 issue of Vogue. The brooch was $17.50, and the earrings were $15.00, for a total of $32.50. (In 1950, the average U.S. family's income was $81.50 per week.) Note that the photo of the brooch alone shows it in the position indicated in the design patent (last photo), but you can wear the brooch in any position you wish.